Jaguar celebrates its 80th anniversary at this year’s Mille Miglia race, by rolling out a legendary line-up of models and enlisting star drivers to take on the historical challenge. Jaguar Hetitage will field 9 of the marque’s most famous 1950s models to be driven by famous faces from the world of television, music, and motorsport.
The original Millie Miglia, a speed race held between the years 1927 and 1957, is reenacted this year for the 33rd time from Thursday May 14th to Sunday May 17th in Italy. Crowds will gather to see legendary vehicles from the race’s hay day motor by, for over four grueling and unforgiving paces. The event lasts for four days, starting from Brescia to Rimini, Rimini to Rome, from Rome to Parma, and finally back to Brescia again.
Some of the most significant vehicles in Jaguar’s history will be hurtling past an awe struck audience – such as the Jaguar C-types, D-types, and XK models donning celebrity drivers behind their wheels.
Driving the Jaguar C-type, 5 time Le Mans 24 hour winner and 3 time Daytona 24 hour winner Derek Bell makes his Mille Miglia debut. Mille Miglia veteran and Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum will ride the treasured ‘RSF303’ Jaguar D-type ‘Long Nose’ Ecurie Ecosse racer – which finished 2nd in the 1957 Le Mans.
Drivers from outside of the motorsport world include model and TV presenter Jodie Kidd, and male supermodel and GQ columnist David Gandy – who will cockpit the ‘OOF 748’, an XK120 roadster. BBC celebrity chef, James Martin, shares the penultimate ‘Long Nose’ Jaguar D-type to have ever been built, the ‘393RW’ with Bremont co-founder, Nick English. To top off the Jaguar Heritage team is British singer/song-writer Elliot Gleaves, also known as “Example”, who co-pilots a XK140 with his father, Michael. This vehicle, registered ‘TAC 743’, had once been owned by the hugely successful British racecar driver, David Hobbs.
While this week’s events are meant to fondly reminisce the automotive feats of the past, glimmerings of the new, of what approaches on the horizon, follow in the tire tracks of these classic marvels. The all-new 2016 Jaguar XE, of which a number will assist the Jaguar Heritage racing team in this most arduous of classic car races – in the stunningly gorgeous backdrop of the Italian countryside.
Jaguar of Seattle will have live updates on the Mille Miglia events from the 14th to the 17th of May.
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